allay v
alimony n

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  • allay — (v.) O.E. alecgan to put down, remit, give up, a Germanic compound (Cf. Goth. uslagjan, O.H.G. irleccan, Ger. erlegen), from a down, aside + lecgan to lay (see LAY (Cf. lay)). Early Middle English pronunciations of y and g were not always… …   Etymology dictionary

  • allay — [v] reduce something, usually a pain or a problem abate, alleviate, assuage, calm, compose, cool out*, decrease, ease, lessen, lighten, make nice*, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, play up to*, pour oil on*, quiet, square, take the bite out* …   New thesaurus

  • Allay — Al*lay , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allaying}.] [OE. alaien, aleggen, to lay down, put down, humble, put an end to, AS. [=a]lecgan; [=a] (cf. Goth. us , G. er , orig. meaning out) + lecgan to lay; but confused with old forms… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Allay — Al*lay , v. t. To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside. When the rage allays. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Allay — Al*lay , v. t. To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate. [Archaic] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allay — v. a. 1. Repress, restrain, check, subdue, lay, silence, appease, pacify, compose, calm, quiet, still, lull, hush, tranquillize, smooth. 2. Assuage, alleviate, soothe, soften, mitigate, solace, moderate, mollify, temper, attemper, lessen, lighten …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • allay — v 1. calm, lull, put to rest; quiet, still, silence, hush; soften, assuage, mollify, smooth over; soothe, compose, tranquilize, pacify, appease, Sl. simmer down; quell, lay, check, curb, suppress, repress. 2. lessen, relieve, moderate, temper,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • allay — 1 diminish (fear, suspicion, etc.). 2 relieve or alleviate (pain, hunger, etc.). Etymology: OE alecgan (as A (2), LAY(1)) …   Useful english dictionary

  • allay — allayer, n. /euh lay /, v.t., allayed, allaying. 1. to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet. 2. to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain. [bef. 1000; ME aleyen, OE alecgan to put down, allay (a A 3 +… …   Universalium

  • allay — al|lay [əˈleı] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: alecgan, from lecgan; LAY1] allay (sb s) fear/concern/suspicion etc to make someone feel less afraid, worried etc ▪ The president made a statement to allay public anxiety …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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